Arizona bill 1445: if passed, will keep police officer’s name disclosed for 60 days

An Arizona bill sitting on the governors desk would delay disclosure of names of officers involved in shootings’for 60 days.

Governor Doug Ducey has until Monday to decide whether to sign or veto this bill.

Yuma’s chief of police John Lekan says, “It’s all based on circumstances in the community. I think in this community we can work under the confines as they are written.”

Lekan said, “‘If governor Ducey decides to pass the bill then we’ll find a way to work under those confines.”

The chief of police says they will obviously follow the law, but keeping a name out of the media will be difficult.

As part of government agency they have to be transparent

Lekan said, “‘I think everyone knows everyone through social media, so names get out, but nonetheless we’ll follow the law. I think our community wants to know the names wants to know who’s involved.”

The Arizona bill has created quite the debate, many saying it will protect police officers and their families from harassment or death threats.

This law kind of offers that, but that was in my hands before the law to be able to protect officers and to make the appropriate call of when it should be released

The largest newspaper in Arizona wrote to Ducey urging him to veto the bill over issues of public transparency.

Arizona Police Association said the law would provide a cooling off period after shooting and possibly prevent disasters

Senate bill 1445 requires police departments to get an officers permission to release the name sooner unless they are arrested

Lekan said, “We will do what we do and follow the law or we will continue to work under the current structure.”‘

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